High School Ministry
Discipleship Groups (D-Groups):
Students: Do you want a solid group of friends to grow in your faith from now until you graduate high school?
D-Groups consist of 5-7 friends (guys or girls – single gender groups) of the same grade who gather on a regular basis to discuss life, grow in their faith, have FUN!, and seek support for the challenges and joys of their high school years. Meetings occur off-campus… in homes or coffee shops in the area! Groups may self-form or individuals may contact Laura Stierman to be added to a group.
Adults: D-groups are led by a trained adult volunteer (a “Mentor”) who uses the D-Group curriculum found on FORMED.org. Parents are encouraged to host at least one session at their home – so that they can see how cool the information is and know what is going on in their child’s faith life. Men mentors are especially needed!
To form a group, be added to a group, or to be an adult Mentor, contact Laura Stierman
Ark Nights are held on Wednesday evenings during the second session of Family Faith Formation, 6:15 – 7:30pm. Led by our High School Leadership Team, these evenings are filled with casual conversation, service projects, and plenty of snacks and beverages. All high school students are encouraged to attend. We meet the ARK; the Ark is located behind the school gym on Fir street – parking is available in the church lot or directly in front of the ARK.
The St. Jude of the Lake Leadership team is composed of high school juniors and seniors who have an active faith life and integrate this faith into their daily lives. The mission of the Leadership team is three-fold: (a) to deepen the faith life of the individual members; (b) to provide Catholic leadership training based on character development; (c) to provide opportunities for leadership in the Church.
Leadership models usually begin with an assessment of skills, gifts, and personality. Very few programs attempt development and formation of character as its basis. We aim for the latter model, namely that a Catholic leader is someone who understands the teaching of Jesus as the center of their life, created in the image and likeness of God, rather than simply a static personality or a skill set that someone learns. This means that faith and character are the foundation upon which skills are nurtured. Applications are available on request or by invitation.
Leadership opportunities include Wednesday night ARK Nights, running Teen Zone during Cornfest, teaching as a catechist, serving as a Eucharistic minister, lector, or usher, and other volunteer activities